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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; Reprint edition (10 Jan. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751540358
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751540352
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 3.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 334,706 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Plot twists worthy of The Da Vinci Code dominate this agile first novel from Carrell...this spirited and action-packed novel delivers constant excitement. (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

"a gripping page-turner, an erudite account of contemporary Bard scholarship and the plays and poems that made Mr Shakespeare, whoever he was, the man he is today. Perfect" Daily Express ("a hide-and-seek chase of murder and mayhem...Carrell omits [Dan Brown's] ridiculous howlers but follows his penchant for twists, turns and incessant violence" The Times)

"It's the Da Vinci Code on steroids and would be banned if it were an athlete... An intelligent, thought-provoking, highly readable and extremely fast-paced whodunit spanning four centuries" Daily Sport ("her extensive research is both accurate and impressive" RTE Guide)

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An action-packed adventure that hurtles from modern-day London, Boston and Arizona to the dark secrets of Shakespeare's past.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By AnaBea on 14 May 2008
Format: Paperback
I can't add any more than has already been said . . . but I have to get it off my chest!!! I'm just so relieved that I'm not alone in my utter bafflement in this book! I have pretty disparate reading habits and have enjoyed the good, bad and plain ugly. However I've never encountered a book like this - as if someone threw a (large) handful of corny plot devices, boring diversions, colourless characters and Shakespeare plays into the air and published the resulting mess just as it landed. If you don't want to lose money, time and your patience, steer clear.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER on 2 Aug. 2008
Format: Paperback
Entertaining and fun, this is a perfect beach or commute read. Combining elements of the (still popular) Da Vinci Code, with a chase for the missing manuscript of a lost Shakespeare play as well as pursuing the eternal mystery of who Shakespeare actually was, this keeps the pages turning.

Kate Stanley is a Harvard graduate directing Hamlet at the Globe when her ex-doctoral supervisor appears and kick-starts the mystery-chase before being killed like Hamlet's father. Kate drops everything to pursue the clues which take her to the Harvard library, the Folger Shakespeare library, New Mexico, and back to London followed by a maniac killer with a Shakespearean bent as well as an attractive but enigmatic protector. Everyone she talks to gets murdered in a Shakespearean manner which is completely ludicrous but good fun, and the couple manage to outwit both Scotland Yard and the FBI...

Carrell knows her Shakespeare and has created an entertaining story that takes in conspiracy theories of authorship, and has amusing swipes at the cut-throat world of academia. As a Renaissance literature student (though not a Shakespearean) I loved all the literary play, but am not sure how penetrable it would be to someone not particularly familiar with people like Mary Sidney, Francis Bacon, the earl of Oxford etc. And I suspect that the `mystery' side of the plot is so far-fetched that most of the pleasure comes from the untangling of linguistic clues.

So while I found this an enjoyable - if throwaway - read, it does require you to turn off your brain-cells as far as the murder-chase is concerned. The identities of the `baddies' is so badly derivative that I kept thinking it couldn't be true but sadly it was. Also the (lack of) motivation for all these theatrical murders is ludicrous. So overall I think this is a 3.5* read which has some indulgent pleasures and a lot of silliness - but I still had fun reading it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cazzandra on 17 Jun. 2008
Format: Paperback
I bought this at the same time as The Medici Secret to cover the long return journey I undertook recently. I do this journey twice a year and read 2 thrillers for each one so you're not looking at an expert in thrillers!

The book is well written and has been been well researched though there are some disconcerting errors along the way and I don't mean tampering with historical truths, I mean mistakes - for example Pharaoh's daughter is credited with hiding Moses rather than retrieving him. However, it does mostly fit in with historical fact and Carrell does explain where she has departed from historical veracity so is rather pleasing from that point of view. I found the time shifts a little irritating and I'm not sure how necessary they really are finally since the protagonists in the present capture all of the details from the past but it might be that Carrell was concerned about having to fill in a lot of detail and thought flash backs the best way to do it.

It is convoluted. I was pretty certain I'd figured out the plot and then got a nasty shock but I pretty much ended up where I'd started which reinforces my idea that where murderers are concerned go with your initial impression! There are a lot of deaths, the characters are sometimes incredibly stupid and don't take enough care when investigating things and everyone they meet seems to be able to pull the most amazing strings. They do catch a lot of planes, they have inexhaustible supplies of money and the plot from that point of view is implausible but having said that some of the characters were quite personable and the story rattles along at a good pace even if it does seem to throw up an awful lot of red herrings and twists and turns.

I enjoyed the book. I wouldn't cry if Carrell never writes another book but I found this one entertaining and it stopped me from being bored on what is a very long and tedious journey.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 30 Nov. 2010
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Originally published in the US as "Interred with Their Bones" where it should have remained buried, it has been exhumed for an unsuspecting and gullible public as The Shakespeare Secret. If only it had remained as one.

This book was sealed in a transparent wrapper when I bought it in a Philippines bookstore and therefore I could only judge it by its back cover blurb. Still, we make mistakes and mine became self evident after a quick perusal of the first paragraph. I laudably groaned. I always finish a book, and I can say that this was completed in record time in an effort to limit the pain. It was akin to suffering toothache with the offending molar finally extracted on the last page, resulting in utmost joy and relief.

Whilst the author clearly knows her academia, her writing skills, prose and delivery is chronically amateur and whoever suggested she could get away with it deserves to take an equal portion of blame. It beggars belief that a respected publisher would print such drivel, and unpublished writers of quality must be crying in their beer.

The author should have stuck with the premise and ditched the preposterous adventure and shallow characters, for as a puzzle on a missing manuscript with controversial political undertones of its era, its origins, and as an entertaining perspective on Shakespeare the man, or consortium of men, together with the many theories which question his very existence as playwright, then it could have been a reasonable and accessible introduction to Shakespeare and his works. Such a move may have given some credence to the author and established her as reputable writer. Unfortunately she has achieved neither.
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